Behind us is a giant volcanic crater called Haleakalā. Along with Kilauea and Mauna Loa, they’re the stuff that Hawai’i is made of. The word here is vulcanism, and in these islands, it’s as much a threat to human life as are tsunamis and typhoons.
As a boy sitting in Mr. Coy Mabe’s 8th grade earth science class, I was bored by all the aspects of a meaningless science called geology. “After all,” I thought, “It’s about a bunch of useless rocks.”
Rocks, yes, but they’re hardly useless. Admirers of fine jewelry and precious gemstones would agree, as would the drivers of all the world’s automobiles, fueled by petroleum brought from deep below the earth's surface.
It’s all about the bounty that they bring to all of us. Terrible wars have been fought over conflicting claims to gold and silver deposits. Lives have been saved by rocks such as radium and thorium, and the trace elements of iodine, selenium and barium.
Paracelsus, the Greek father of pharmacology, once stated that, "All substances are poisons, and there is none which is not a poison. The right dosage differentiates a poison and a remedy.
Think about it when sitting bored in your own earth science class.